Birmingham City FC

Academy Ground:                     Birmingham City FC Academy, City Kings Norton, West Midlands                                                             

Academy Director/Manager:                            Richard Beale                   


First Team Players:                                            Birmingham First Team                         


Academy Team Players:                                   Birmingham Under-23’s        

                                                                            Birmingham Under-18’s 

Ladies Team Players:                                         Birmingham Ladies Team



The Birmingham City Academy:

Birmingham City have become one of the leading academies in the West Midlands and even in the UK. With one of the biggest worldwide followings from the championship, they have built a very recognisable and successful academy setup.

With over 15 different age groups built within their clubs academy, they are one of the few teams to start training children in their early years (Under-6’s) the basics of becoming a professional footballer.

At the Bugs Group, we are currently recruiting children from our FootieBugs academy sessions to strengthen their youth squads. We have had a large number of children go on to represent the Birmingham City academy and official Birmingham City scouts visit our training sessions.


Academy Status: Birmingham City are a category 2 status academy

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Academy Staff:

Paul Robinson is considered a legend at the club, after handing over the captains armband at the end of 2017, Robinson jumped straight into a managerial role at the club. With over 500 appearances in top flight football, Robinson knows exactly what is needed to transition into a class player and his position in the development squad will be very important to youngsters watching on.
The brains of the operations is certainly the senior head coach Richard Beale. Having a proven track record to your name is very important in football and after Beale worked closely with England internationals Nathan Redmond, Demarai Gray and Jack Butland. Richard Beale certainly has all the accolades to make his name in football and he will be looking to duplicate his success with this years team of academy turnouts.


How to get noticed by a scout

Generally, premier league clubs are closely following open trials as a way of pinpointing the newest talent, as well as having a vast network of scouts across the UK. Scouts are often preferential over structured leagues or with players of a high standard, playing together. This is one thing that FootieBugs academy can offer through our weekly training sessions and games against local teams managed by professional coaches. Because we cover a range of age groups at U6’s-U14’s we have a high demand for young upcoming talent and receive frequent scouts visiting our training sessions and matches. Due to the professional coaches we have available that have all played at a high level, we are able to distinguish which players are leagues above in terms of skill and can refer them onto Premier League clubs.



“If you’re good enough, generally they’ll find you.”


Birmingham Academy Scouting System:

After a scout has seen a player, they will usually contact them and invite them to a trial day, otherwise the more common method of finding talents from all over are through football trial days and football camps. FootieBugs goes the extra mile in making your job easier as a parent and a young footballer. With our focused training sessions, the FootieBugs Academy will try it’s best to match your ability with a club who will nurture your talent . We will shape a football player into a footballer, by working on improving the child’s overall game and their image to scouts at Premier League Clubs.

This is where the FootieBugs Academy thrives, not only will FootieBugs look to put players forward to Birmingham when they feel they are ready, but FootieBugs will also ensure that Birmingham will be fully aware of what training each player will have received from the FootieBugs Academy and why the player has shown enough (Footballing skill as well as dedication and attitude) to be worthy of a trial.


If you feel your child shows promise and would like us to help them reach the level for us to recommend them to the Birmingham scouting network then please complete the following form:

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Birmingham Academy trials

As you can imagine, a large number of young football players would like to join the Birmingham Academy set up and with clubs like Birmingham receiving trial requests all the time it’s very difficult to get noticed.

FootieBugs Academy believes that with correct training and dedication we can dramatically increase your chances of getting a trial with the Birmingham Academy.

Once a player reaches the standards that a club of Birmingham’s stature would expect then the FootieBugs team will do everything in its powers to introduce the player to the relevant Birmingham scout.



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FootieBugs Academy FAQ’s


The FootieBugs Academy is an independent organization and not part of any specific football club. This allows us to offer an honest and fair view of any players’ ability and suitability to join a professional Football Club. Although we will do everything in our power to help young players develop, we are unable to guarantee every player a trial. If you are looking for official club information then please visit the club’s official website as we can-not guarantee that all information is correct and up to date at the time of reading.

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